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The Dean's List 2013-2014

fr. neenan's suggested readings


The following 27 books are "recommendations for an evening of good reading," compiled yearly by William Neenan, SJ, vice president and special assistant to the president. In a time when technology sometimes overwhelms us, the Libraries and Fr. William Neenan urge you to take time to sit down with a good book, maybe one of these suggestions, and rediscover the simple act of reading for pleasure. 

View the cumulative list since 1982.

James Agee
A Death in the Family

Kingsley Amis
Lucky Jim

George Bernanos
Diary of a Country Priest

Robert Bolt
A Man For All Seasons

Albert Camus
The Fall

Ron Chernow
Washington: A Life

Clare Dunsford
Spelling Love with an X

Joseph Ellis
His Excellency: George Washington

Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby

Jane Gardam
Last Friends

Lisa Genova
Still Alice

Elizabeth Graver
The End of the Point

Graham Greene
The Power and the Glory

David McCullough

Alice McDermott
After This

Henri Nouwen
The Return of the Prodigal Son

John O’Malley SJ
The First Jesuits

Patricia Hampl
The Florist's Daughter

Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

James Martin, S.J.,
The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything

Michael Shaara
The Killer Angels

Wallace Stegner
Collected Stories

Sigrid Undset
Kristin Lavransdatter

Robert Penn Warren
All the King’s Men

Garry Wills
Saint Augustine

Simon Winchester
River at the Center of the World

Jay Winik
April 1865: The Month that Saved America